‘Ex-Mugabe minister in plot to oust Mnangagwa’

A FORMER Cabinet minister in ex-President Robert Mugabe’s administration, Walter Chidakwa, has been suspended by the Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial executive, following allegations of plotting to oust President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Chidakwa, a relative of the former President, has been arrested on several charges following the ouster of the former Zanu PF leader last November.

In a letter dated March 12, 2018, Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial deputy chairperson, Keith Guzah said Chidakwa, besides plotting against Mnangagwa, had also abetted “criminal elements around Mugabe” in a bid to soil the new Zanu PF leader’s image.

“You are, hereby, served with a prohibition order for 14 days, you should cease forthwith carrying out any party activities.

“A list of charges related to your misconduct are attached.

“Plotting the ouster of His Excellency Cde ED Mnangagwa, president and first secretary of Zanu PF,” the letter said.

It was not clear whether the letter was referring to Mnangagwa’s planned ouster at the height of Zanu PF factional fights, when the latter was serving, as Mugabe’s deputy or it is a new plot against the Zanu PF leader.

Before he assumed the reins of power, Mnangagwa was initially booted out of both the government and the ruling Zanu PF party early November and later launched a comeback with the backing of the military.

The party also accused Chidakwa of being corrupt.

“Heavily corrupt to the core at party and government level, seeking bribes at every transaction level (sic).

“Abuse of office at party level, aiding and abating criminal elements around ex-President with a view to tarnish the name of His Excellency Cde ED Mnangagwa.
“All other ancillary charges will be availed to you in the hearing,” reads part of the letter.

Guzah’s letter did not indicate when the former Mines minister would appear before the disciplinary committee.

Chidakwa has been in and out of prison since the change of guard at Zanu PF and government, first in December on charges of abuse of office and last month charged with contempt of court relating to a letter he wrote while serving as Mines minister.

Efforts to get comment from Chidakwa were fruitless. NewsDay also sought comment from Zanu PF Mashonaland West leadership without success. Chairperson, Ziyambi Ziyambi’s mobile was unreachable, while Philip Chiyangwa and war veterans boss, Christopher Mutsvangwa declined to comment referring questions to acting chairperson, Guzah. Efforts to get through to Guzah also drew blanks.

16 Comments

  1. izvi zvoshamisa. hanzi akadzingigwa corruption muparty zvese ne mugovernement. ko vakuru zvavarikuparidza rekupedza corruption. Sei Chidhakwa chacho hatina kumbochihwa kumazita evashoma vakasungigwa dzehuwori chero zvazvo pasina (kusina) mutongo wavachapiwa. saka kwai(kuno)sungiswa vakadini?

  2. What about obert mpofu

  3. After firing them like this you don’t want them to form their own party. Start saying you will be watching them? What for? Its their right to of association. AND ZANU-PF continue firing people, its good for the opposition.

    I like this Sabhuku who was told G40 ndevayi famba nava Mugabe and he says they and the villagers are now confused coz tese tai famba nava Mugabe. So they wanted clarification to hear it from the old man himself.
    Exciting times ahead

  4. #EDHASMYVOTE. YOUTH

    he is innocent .

  5. LUV MY COUNTRY ZIM

    ED AND BOB SAME SAME THEY VICTIMIZE THOSE AGAINST THEIR LEADERSHIP KO KANA USINGADI HAUDI ZVE NHAI NHAI GIVE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR AFFECTION AND LOVE NOT KUMBUNYIKIDZA AND VICTIMIZE THEM THAT’S THE SYSTEM MUGABE USED AND ITS BEING PRACTICED EVEN IN THE SO CALLED DISPENSATION ITSVA.

  6. another silly story walter has no capacity to oust mnangagwa neither does he have the brains to do that even if you ask folks in one of the harare ghettos where he used to stay before mugabe tookover in 1980 and dusted him and gave him a new lease of life by virtue of being married to gire sister he lacks everything associated with that allegation

  7. Mgobhozi Wezintabeni

    Childish.Sick and tired of shenanigans.Is this news worth publishing?Please editor,may you take the readers seriously otherwise this type of journalism would make people loose appetite for reading this paper.

  8. Anything regarding Zanu pf is no worthy in the zimbabwean society

  9. tendai chaminuka

    Heya,tatangazve zvemasuspension you want to match Kasukuwere and Mpokho

  10. They must first arrest the big thief OBERT MPOFU

  11. Phasi nemhandu! Pasi nemhanduuuuu

  12. remember president said first six month i wet season yavo yedhakwasi saka zivai kuti tichange tichingoona ma moves e dhakwasi until early julyy…chidhakwa chiripanyanga ne scarf yacho ne safety shoes apa chirikutogaya kupinda mumutsetse wekutora mari pa bank hachina kana plan kuti chingapedza sei dambudziko rekushaikwa kwe cash muma bhanga ….

  13. MIRAPO TAINZANA

    NDIRIKUONA VANHU VESE VACHIDZINGWA KUZANU…BUT THEN WHO REALY WANTS THIS ZANU PF….UMWE MDHARA DAI AKANGORAMBA AKAZVIHWANDIRA PA MZANSI OZOSEKA HAKE BOB AROHWA PA ELECTION

  14. #MILLENIUM CREW

    #MIRAPO TAINZANA- WABAYA APO. NDOONA MUNA SEPTEMBER ANENGE ADZOKERAKO

  15. What are the investors saying about Mpofu Obert?

  16. This is Ken Sharpe. Chairman of Augur and West Properties in Harare. My companies have concluded a number of important national projects including the airport road in Harare officially commissioned by the President Mugabe.
    The attacks on the democratically elected president Mugabe by an illicit Mnangawa cabal is a malicious and well calculated attack on our democracy!!
    Mnangagwa and his regime came to power as a result of a military coup, which is illegal and should be rejected by all Zimbabweans.
    Mnangawa personally has the blood of matabele people on his hands. Have you forgotten this?
    We need to repent for our sinful ways and pray to restore president Mugabe to his rightful place as a president of Zimbabwe and hold a free and fair elections.
    You article is damaging and not reflective of the truth therefore we reserve our rights.
    Ken Sharpe
    Augur Investments
    Harare

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